Maneshka Eliatamby


Dr. Maneshka Eliatamby is a scholar-practitioner focusing on gender equality, public health, peace building and social inclusion among marginalized communities. Based in Nepal and Sri Lanka, Maneshka provides technical assistance and research services on gender equality and social inclusion to USAID and foundation clients. Her current portfolio includes supporting private sector partners of the SHOPS Plus Program and supporting other Iris Group projects. The SHOPS Plus Nepal program includes integrating gender into social marketing programs, addressing gender equality in organizational policies and board governance, and strengthening organizational capacity for gender integration. Maneshka is also part of Iris Group’s research team, contributing to reviews of the evidence and best practices for the Gates Foundation and Stanford University.

Before joining Iris Group...

Maneshka led the design, implementation, and evaluation of nonviolence and peace education and programming activities in a variety of active conflict and post-conflict zones throughout Africa, Eastern Europe, South Asia and the USA. She has held senior program management roles with Search for Common Ground and Communities Without Boundaries in addition to other organizations. Maneshka is the co-editor and author of the book Women Waging War & Peace (Continuum Press, 2011) and When the Tiger Was a Woman: Unraveling the Myth and Comprehending the Complexity of the Female Combatant (forthcoming). Maneshka is a visiting professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, The University of Malta and The African University for Science and Technology in Nigeria.

She holds PhD and MS degrees in Conflict Analysis & Resolution from George Mason University and a BA in International Relations and Journalism from the University of South Carolina. In addition to English, Maneshka works in Sinhali and Nepali. She speaks basic Hindi.